Ven Ikh Tants

Concert in the garden of Villa Seligmann

Yiddish dance melodies from Odessa, Berlin and New York

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Sveta Kundish, Soprano

Patrick Farrell, accordion
Samuel Seifert, violin
Jan Hermerschmidt, clarinet
Martin Lillich, double bass

Ven ikh tants is a program by soprano and cantor Sveta Kundish and her ensemble. With accordionist Patrick Farrell, violinist Samuel Seifert and bassist Martin Lillich, she takes to the dance floor at this year’s guest performance at Villa Seligmann. Inspired by the melodies to which their grandparents’ generation once danced in the metropolises of Europe and America, the four musicians create a lively Yiddish song program. They sing about the dances that made people all over the world dream of love and happiness in the Golden Era between 1920 and 1950 and inspired numerous Yiddish-speaking composers and poets. In these fascinating songs, people sing their dreams to the sounds of tango, foxtrot and waltz, which can be discovered in enchanting Russian romances, humorous American theater songs and some pearls of European cabaret that lie dormant on old records in many a dusty attic.

Sveta Kundish

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Sveta Kundish moved to Israel with her family at the age of thirteen. After studying singing, piano and musicology in Tel Aviv and Vienna, she trained as a cantor at the Abraham Geiger College. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam. Sveta Kundish is currently working in Braunschweig as the first female cantor in the history of the Jewish communities in Lower Saxony. In prayer services and concerts, Kundish allows the richness of Jewish music to blossom by combining traditional melodies with modern sounds and cantorial chants.

With this event we would like to express our solidarity with the people in Ukraine and welcome all refugees with free admission!


Admission 20 Euro (reduced 8 Euro)
In case of bad weather, an alternative date will be arranged.


1700 years of Jewish life in GermanySupported by #2021JLID – Jüdisches Leben in Deutschland e.V. with funds from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and the State Association of Jewish Communities of Lower Saxony K.d.ö.R.